Making it through Monday definitely deserves a celebratory dinner but, because there’s still a whole week to get through, better make it a cheap one.
Here’s 10 spots to eat a tasty Tuesday dinner that won’t cost you an arm and a leg.
Words by Kirra Smith
Is there anything that makes you happier than cheap drinks? Neither. Because now is the best time for beverage consuming, we’ve found the top 9 spots to make the most of your hard earned cash (and beat that absolutely unnecessary heat).
Apres Surf Kitchen & Bar
Happy hour comes around daily at your favourite surf shack. Pop in Apres Surf from 5pm to 6pm for $5 house drinks and $10 selected cocktails. They’ve also got tasty food deals most nights so your shiny coins will stretch far.
Where: 2376 Gold Coast Highway Mermaid Beach
Bine Bar & Dining
It’s a beer bonanza at Bine with $5 craft beer daily daily from 4pm to 6pm. Why not grab some 50c wings to go with it. On Thursdays head in for a $15 parmi and paddle where you get to taste five beers and down your fave dinner option.
Where: 1/28 Chairlift Ave, Nobbys Beach
Keep it classy at Stingray Lounge on Taco Tuesdays from 5pm to 10pm. There are $3 tacos and $10 cocktail specials (margaritas please). Tequila Thursdays are a good time with tequila from $15 and additional $10 quesadillas.
Where: 7 Staghorn Ave Surfers Paradise
Helm Bar Surfers
Get your cheap eats and a million dollar view at Helm Bar on the water in Surfers. Happy hour runs every weekday from 10am to 12pm and 4pm to 6pm. On the weekends it’s Saturday from 10am to 11am and 9pm to 1am and Sunday from 3.30pm to 5.30pm.
Where: 30 – 34 Ferny Ave Surfers Paradise
On Sundays at Steampunk you can indulge in a double dose of goodness with drink specials (changes weekly) and live music. Oh and Espresso Martinis are a measly $10 all day, every day so there’s no excuse not to spend all your time there.
Where: Level 1, 3113 Surfers Paradise Blvd, Surfers Paradise
Unsurprisingly, Burleigh’s home of the never ending good times, Nightjar, has epic happy hour deals. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday’s from 4pm to 6pm there’s $5 basics (including Sailor Jerry, dry and lime HELLO). It’s guaranteed fun and frivolity.
Where: Justin Laneway, Burleigh Heads
Not only do these guys do a delicious feast they also have $5 selected drinks from 3pm to 6pm Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday and Saturday from 3pm to 5pm. Make a night of it and stay for dinner once you’ve slayed a few beverages.
Where: 3 Oracle Blvd, Broadbeach
BiN 12 in beautiful Burleigh graces you with a happy hour every Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm – perfect for after works knock offs. In other exciting news, they also offer a Taco Tuesday deal with some of the most delicious tacos on the Coast for just $6. Race ya.
Where: James Street, Burleigh Heads
Harry’s Steak Bistro & Bar
Make a date with Harry on Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons from 2pm until 5pm with drink and food specials that’ll absolutely make your weekend. It’s called Harry’s Hour and we like the way he thinks. Everything there is exceptional so do yourself a favour.
Where: 1744 Gold Coast Hwy, Burleigh Heads
Elephant Rock Café
Keen for a frosty cold beverage and one of the best views in town? Same. Head down to Elephant Rock Café in Currumbin overlooking the ocean and with $5 wine and beers and $10 nibbles on Friday’s from 4 to 6pm. Happy days.
Where: 776 Pacific Pde, Currumbin
Words by Kirra Smith
Hump day is always a fun time, the week is half over and it’s a downhill slope to the weekend. You know what else is a fun time? Cheap and delicious foods. Combine the two and you’ve got yourself the best day of the week.
Here you go hungry ones (listed from north to south).
At Misono Japanese Steakhouse (within Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa) you can enjoy quite the delicious feast for just $45pp. Choose from steak, chicken and salmon or steak, chicken and scallops plus Miso Soup, salad, steamed rice and vegetables. It’s quite the feast.
Where: 158 Ferny Ave, Surfers Paradise
Pork belly ramen certainly sounds like the goods and of course, Après Surf has you covered there. Just $10 for the tasty treat, get it while the nights are still chilly.
Where: 2376 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach
What’s not to love about The Cambus Wallace, tucked away in Nobby’s. On Wednesday’s there’s $15 whisky glazed ribs and soulful jazz tunes. So. Much. Goodness.
Where: 2237 Gold Coast Hwy, Nobby Beach
Bine Bar & Dining are serving up $1 dumplings every Wednesday so you may shovel as many into your face as you can afford. There’s vegetable, pork and chicken and prawn flavours so get down there for a feast.
Where: 1/28 Chairlift Ave, Miami
Miami Marketta is the place to be on hump day with tons of tasty tapas plates to share with your mates (or not). From just six bucks a pop, you can afford to splurge.
Where: 23 Hillcrest Pde, Miami
It’s ladies night at Ze Pickle and for $20 gals, you can get yourself a Chee-ze Burger and a glass of house wine. Bottoms up.
Where: Cnr or Park Ave and Connor Sts, Burleigh Heads
Overlooking (and right on top of tbh) the ocean is Currumbin Beach Vikings, the much-loved surf club for young and old. They do $10 meals on Wednesdays, think fish and chips, steak and schnitzels. At Where: 741 Pacific Pde, Currumbin
The Kirra Surf Club is always a fun time and particularly if you’re down that way on a Wednesday. Grab yourself a (super filling) $16 schnitzel chips and salad and a frosty beer to wash it down.
Where: 15 Marine Pde, Kirra
Southerners get excited, at The Coolangatta Hotel on Wednesday’s you can eat all the oysters for just $1 each or $1.50 for Kilpatrick. Yes please.
Where: Cnr Warner St and Marine PDe, Coolangatta
Words by Kirra Smith.
¼ a cup coconut aminos (healthy substitute for soy sauce)
¼ a cup of juice from fresh orange
¼ a cup of honey
2 tablespoons of white vinegar
1 large garlic clove, crushed
1cm knob fresh ginger, grated
2 teaspoons of olive oil
¼ teaspoon of chilli powder
1 teaspoon of arrowroot powder
3 cups of sliced red cabbage
½ a red onion
1 cup of fresh coriander
1 tablespoon of olive oil
Salt to taste
2 fillets of salmon
1 tablespoon of olive oil
1 tablespoon of sesame seeds
To make the teriyaki sauce, place the coconut aminos, orange juice, honey, white vinegar, crushed garlic, grated ginger, olive oil and chilli powder in a small saucepan on the stove over medium heat. Stir ingredients until combined. Allow to simmer for 10 minutes, stirring to avoid burning.
Add the arrowroot powder to thicken the mixture by sifting it into the saucepan and whisking at the same time. Once the sauce has thickened, set aside.
Prepare the salad by slicing the red cabbage very finely. Julienne the carrots and finely slice the capsicum and red onion. Roughly chop coriander and Place all the ingredients in a large bowl. Toss with the olive oil and salt.
To prepare the salmon, cut each fillet in half length-ways and cut into eight pieces. Heat a large pan over a medium heat with the olive oil. Place the salmon pieces in the pan and sear for three minutes on each side. In the final minute of cooking coat salmon with teriyaki sauce (be careful not to burn it). Remove salmon from heat.
To plate up, divide the salad into four bowls and place the teriyaki salmon pieces on top of the salad. Sprinkle with the sesame seeds and serve.
Preparation time 15 minutes
Cooking time 16 minutes
For more great recipes by Gold Coast local Caralee Caldwell, check out her page here.